Have you been affected by criminal injuries?
When people sustain injuries, it’s normally because they’ve been involved in an accident or someone has hurt them inadvertently. Generally, people go out of their way to avoid causing harm to others and are extremely apologetic if they do cause an accident.
However, on some occasions, victims can suffer criminal injuries because someone has attempted to harm them. If someone hurts you intentionally, you should contact the police as soon as possible so that they can be apprehended and charged with the appropriate offence. It may be that you have been injured in an assault at work, for example if you work as a prison officer you could be assaulted whilst carrying out your duties, or perhaps you have been the victim of crime in a public place. Whatever has happened, you could find you’re eligible to make a personal injury claim within three years of your accident, and Accident Advice Helpline could help you.
How have you been injured?
Of course, there are many ways you can get hurt when a crime is committed and you should question how you could sustain criminal injuries if an incident occurs. If someone is fleeing the scene of a crime, for example, they may not be paying attention to the people around them and they could collide with you and cause you to sustain criminal injuries.
Although they may not have harmed you intentionally, they can still be held responsible for their actions and you could even make a claim for personal injury compensation. You could sustain minor or more serious injuries and find yourself eligible to make a criminal injury claim, provided you sought medical attention for your injuries. Here are a few examples of the types of injuries for which you could make a criminal injury claim:
- Cuts and bruises requiring medical attention
- Head injuries, if you are pushed or fall and hit your head
- Back or spinal injuries
- Broken bones
- Strains and sprains
- Internal injuries sustained after a fall or being pushed
Whether your injuries are serious or minor, you are able to make a claim if somebody else assaulted you. Accident Advice Helpline has over 16 years’ experience helping members of the public to claim compensation for criminal injuries.
Getting medical help for your injuries
The symptoms of criminal injuries can vary so it’s important to get a medical diagnosis before you receive treatment. You may have sustained cuts, sprains, facial injuries or even broken bones, so you’ll want to ensure that you receive the right medical assistance. Whilst accessing medical help and treating criminal injuries should be the first thing you do after an incident, you may want to seek legal help too. You have three years from the date of your accident to make a criminal injury claim, so it’s a good idea to get advice from a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after your accident.
What if I’ve taken time off work?
Many people don’t realise that you could be entitled to claim compensation for your loss of earnings if you have taken time off work after being injured. Whilst you could just claim statutory sick pay if you have been a victim of a criminal assault, this is usually only a small percentage of your normal wages and you may not be eligible. You are entitled to claim compensation for any loss of earnings that are a result of taking time off due to your injuries, and Accident Advice Helpline has experience helping people claim compensation for this type of thing.
Obtaining personal injury compensation
Often, people don’t realise that you could take legal action if you’ve been hurt due to a crime taking place. However, there’s no reason that you should suffer because of someone else’s actions so it’s certainly worth considering claiming for criminal injuries. As the long-term effects of criminal injuries can be serious, you may be eligible to receive more compensation than you realise. If you’d like to find out exactly how much your claim could be worth, based on the injuries you’ve sustained, you can take our easy 30-second test now.
Compensation for psychological distress
As well as physical injuries, you may have been affected psychologically and emotionally if you have sustained criminal injuries. You could find yourself suffering from panic attacks, flashbacks, anxiety, depression and other conditions which can seriously affect your quality of life and your ability to go to work and live life to the full. You can get in touch with us if you have suffered psychological symptoms after being assaulted or the victim of a criminal attack and we will do our best to get you the compensation you are entitled to.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline now
Making a personal injury compensation claim can worry people from time to time and this may be particularly difficult for people who have been the victims of crime. If you’ve suffered criminal injuries and you’re worried about the stress of making a claim, we can help. We aim to make the claims process as simple and stress-free as possible, and our personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis, so there is no need to worry about the cost of making a claim for criminal injuries at any point. Whether you have been affected financially by your injuries or not, anybody can afford to make a claim with us.
Our personal injury advisors will be able to provide any help you need throughout the claims process and we can handle any paperwork or legal documents. Although it is unlikely that you’ll need to go to court to get the compensation you are entitled to, if you do need to, we will be there to support you at every stage. We offer confidential, no-obligation advice, so you will never feel pressured into making a claim, and you can call us whether you are ready to push ahead with your claim or just have some questions you would like answers to.
If you want to find out more about making a claim today, just call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if you’re calling from a mobile.
Date Published: 12th September 2012
Author: Rebecca Smith
Category: Criminal injury claim